Author:
The genius group from Madison Wisconsin
Subject:
Astronomy, Character Education, Early Learning, Literature, Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Lower Primary
Tags:
Astronauts, Black History, Science Careers, Space
License:
Public Domain Dedication
Language:
English

Education Standards

First grade science lessons with Cultivating Genius Framework "Mae Among the Stars "

First grade science lessons with Cultivating Genius Framework "Mae Among the Stars "

Overview

This lesson can be taught for first grade during the unit on patterns in space.

This lesson can be added to Amplify’s Spinning Earth: Investigating Patterns in the Sky unit. It can be used with Lesson 2.1 after watching Zoom Out to Space videos

Chapter 2 Driving Question: Why was it daytime for Sai when it was nighttime for his grandma?

The pursuit of Identity can be addressed throughout this unit. It is defined by Gholdy Muhammad as "Who you are, who others say you are and who you desire to be". Students see that a woman and person of color was able to fulfill her dreams of becoming an astronaut despite having this dream dismissed by a teacher. She took her parents' advice. She dreamt of being an astronaut, she believed she could do it, and she worked hard to achieve this goal.

Mae Among the Stars

Lesson 

Overview

(approx 55 minutes)

Pursuit addressed: Toward the pursuit of Identity. Students see that a woman and person of color was able to fulfill her dreams of becoming an astronaut despite having this dream dismissed by a teacher. She took her parents' advice. She dreamt of being an astronaut, she believed she could do it, and she worked hard to achieve this goal.

 

Details: This lesson can be added to Amplify’s Spinning Earth: Investigating Patterns in the Sky unit. It can be used with Lesson 2.1 after watching Zoom Out to Space videos

Chapter 2 Driving Question: Why was it daytime for Sai when it was nighttime for his grandma?

 

Lesson Snapshot 

  1. Introduction: Introduce Mae Jameseon, doctor, scientist, and astronaut. May choose to show the 

  2. Gathering information: video of “Girls Ask Mae Jemison About Space.”

  3. Activities: Read the book, Mae Among the Stars. Students use the supplied sheet to write what they want to be when they grow up..

  4. Wrap Up: Children have an opportunity to share their writing and pictures.

 

Learning Performances

Students will gather information from texts to model their own place in the universe within space (from understandings of the nature of science Men and women of diverse backgrounds are scientists and engineers.)

 

Building toward PE(s): 1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted

Materials and Prep

 

Materials

Some words may be unfamiliar to 1st graders and may involve further explanation.

 Video of Book if the book itself is not available

  • Book: Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed, Harper Collins Publishers, January 9, 2018

  • Student Response Sheet What do I want to be when I grow up?

Preparation 

  • Read book, Mae Among the Stars

  • (optional) Prepare sentence strip with sentence starter, “When I grow up I want to be    “

  

Lesson Component

How to Implement 

Common Core State Standards for Literacy

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.1.B

Build on others' talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.2

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

What are kids figuring out?

Students figure out that … Mae Jemison was the first African American Woman in space. They will figure out that women and particularly women of color are scientists, doctors, and astronauts.

Look Fors

1. Look for students listening to the story about Mae as a child. 

2. Look for students contributing to the discussion about Mae and the book, Mae Among the Stars.

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Introduction

(15  min)

Engaging with Phenomenon and DQ, [What phenomena are we working with? What did we figure out last time?]

  1. Teacher: In our last season we were able to see what the Earth looked like from space. We’ve also talked about  what scientists do. Today we are going to learn about a scientist and  astronaut who was able to see the Earth from space, Mae Jemison. Mae Jemison was a doctor and an astronaut. She was the first African American woman to travel into space. She went on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

  2. Show Photos of Mae Jemison. Possible questions: What do you notice about Mae in the top picture? Where do you think she might be? Why do you think she is floating? What is she wearing in the second photo? What does this tell us about Mae Jemison? Here children discuss -- see Supporting Student Discourse section below.

  3. At this time you may want to show the optional video of Mae being asked questions by young girls. Girls Ask Mae Jemison About Space

 

Supporting Student Discourse: In whole class discussions, support students to do the following: listen to each other,, ask questions to check their understanding of others’ comments, explain their own ideas and understanding clearly, and build on one-another’s ideas. 

 

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Suggested Prompt: 

[“Which category does your question go under? Why do you think that question goes under that category? Can someone explain what they said? Put up one finger if you agree, two fingers if you disagree, and three fingers if you want to build on what they said.” (Allow the speaker to choose one person to call on).]

[Suggested prompts: What is a difference that your friend noticed about the marmot’s structure compared to the squirrel’s? How do they think this structure helps or doesn’t help the marmot balance and jump in the trees? Does their idea make sense to you?]

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Gathering information 

(20 min)

Reading book (or watch video) May Among the Stars and written response

  1. Introduce book (or video) Mae Among the Stars

  2. Ask questions of students as you read. What did Mae want to do when she grew up? What was her dream? What did she make for herself (an astronaut costume), What did her teacher tell her when Mae said she wanted to be an astronaut? Why do you think her teacher said that? What did her mother and father tell her? Did Mae’s dream come true?, etc.

  3. Ask  students to retell the story. Use the book photos to assist with the retell.

  4. Introduce the “What do I want to be when I grow up?”  Student Response Sheet

  5. Teacher: For school, Mae was asked to say what she wanted to be when she grew up. Like Mae, you are going to show with words and pictures what you want to be when you grow up. When Mae asked her parents if she could be an astronaut they told her that if she could dream it, if she could believe it, and if she worked hard for it anything is possible.  Think about what you dream for your future. Give the response sheet to students and ask them to answer the question and draw a picture of themselves as an adult doing their job -- a firefighter, teacher, astronaut, athlete, etc.

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Wrap Up

(20  min)

Sharing

  1. Students can use this time to share what they want to be when they grow up as well as their pictures. 

  2. Identity: Give students a few minutes to  silently think  about what they heard another student say. Was anything that the students shared surprising or interesting? Did you discover a friend who has the same dream as you?  A  few students  can share their thoughts on this topic. 

Formative Assessment

Look Fors

  1. Look for students showing in words and pictures what they want to be when they grow up. 

  2. During sharing do other students listen to what their peers are sharing and reflect on their own and others' identities. 

 

Evidence Statement 

Student artifact/work will include completed student response sheet, What do I want to be when I grow up?